Tottenham are reportedly interested in making a move for out-of-favour Chelsea star Olivier Giroud.
Jose Mourinho has been desperately seeking additional forward options during the January transfer window, with Harry Kane having suffered a torn hamstring against Southampton on New Year’s Day that is likely to see him miss the majority of the remainder of the season.
Having reportedly been frustrated in moves for AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek and Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose, Guardian journalist Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Mourinho is preparing a raid on former club Chelsea for the wantaway Giroud.
The France international is keen to leave the club this month as he seeks regular first-team football, the 33-year-old having made just two Premier League starts so far this season, as he looks to secure his place in the national squad for this summer’s European Championships.
Chelsea are believed to be open to allowing the experienced forward leave ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline, though Frank Lampard’s side have also been frustrated in their bid to secure additional firepower this month, interest in Napoli’s Dries Mertens and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani having so far failed to lead to a breakthrough.
It remains to be seen whether the Blues would consider the sale of Giroud to their cross-city rivals, the two sides currently embroiled in a race to secure a top-four finish and Champions League qualification, Spurs currently six points behind the fourth-placed west London side following last week’s win over Norwich.